(Banter), Casey Jones, Morning Dew-> Mama Tried-> High Time, Easy Wind, (Banter), Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light
- this source differs from the most recent previously circulating copy (http://db.etree.org/shninfo_detail.php?shnid=5216) in that
a). Casey Jones is not clipped
b). The Yellow Dog Story which appears before Dark Star is not on this tape. The transition from the end of Easy Wind to the start of Dark Star on this tape is continuous. This would suggest that the Yellow Dog Story on the other source may not be from this date.
c). The version of Lovelight on this source is complete (~24 minutes) except for a brief gap. The previous source cut after ~ 9 minutes
09/01/69 Baton Rouge Speedway, Prairieville La - complete
4.4, 095min, Sbd, A0D1, Cass M->Dat 1, 44k,Ampex C-90 Master Cass/no dolby->3700 x 0->3800 x 1
d1t02 - brief partial loss left channel 2:24, 5:43, 6:46, 7:40, 5:05 brief partial loss right channel
d1t04 ~ 4:58, two very brief partial losses left channel
d2t01 - cut ~0:05
d2t01 ~ 2:46 brief garbled section left channel
d2t01 ~ 8:08 brief partial loss both channels
d2t01 ~ 8:52 some digi-type or transcription noise (minor)
d2t02 - brief partial loss left channel 1:37
d2t03 - brief partial loss left channel 8:08
d2t04 - brief partial loss left channel 6:37
d2t04 - gap ~9:45 followed by volume variations and what not for about 10 seconds
d2t04 - brief partial loss left channel 10:22, 11:01, 23:32
September 1, 2019 Subject:
50 years ago today
Fantastic versions of all songs. Imagine an outdoor festival in the sometimes inhospitable south in the 60s and the band mixes it up with pin dropping sequences and raucous ones.
No room for criticism of anything played, tried or seeking. Muddy? Please. Its a '69 rock revue. Within a year there are more limiting psychedelic sequences as they branch out into 'songs' so consider the historical significance as this is the crossroads between primal dead and transformational dead.
Enjoy with the highest confidence.
December 12, 2016 Subject:
Incidentally, I love how Relisten.net only includes the archive reviews they like. In a backhanded way, it shows that all they really care about is what people say about the music, and not the music itself. It also completely disregards the principles of democracy in discourse, but that's the good ol' USA for ya.
This is a muted but brilliant jewel, not a whit lessened by the loss of the achingly stupid yellow dog story.
September 2, 2016 Subject:
Good one, this...sound quality is real dirty, muddy '69, so for a sbd got to go with a 4, even though the performance is just as competent as anything else in '69...the Dark Star is indeed a marvelous centerpiece here...a very early, exciting Casey Jones and Easy Wind are fun, if a bit on the ragged and hurried side.
Would be awesome to have some of that stage banter in tact with the rest of this, since this appears to be the best of the bunch (that full Lovelight and Casey Jones, et al).
March 30, 2015 Subject:
Whoa. For some reason I don't remember hearing too many of these early versions, and thus don't know much about them, but this one is wild. They funkify the rhythm during the song HEAVILY with some unusual tempo changes - though it's a tad rough, and I might prefer the later arrangements, it is really cool to hear, and could have worked if they had kept it. Pigpen also repeats the "never" in the "But you never hear a word it say" line several times to cool effect, and the song overall has a much more bluesy vibe. And to cap it all off, the boys absolutely tear shit up in the jam, especially Jer and Bob.
The rest of the show is fine, with a solid, though laid back sequence of Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven, but man, that Easy Wind is for one the ages.
December 7, 2014 Subject:
A Terrific performance and festival and an explanation of something at the beginning of it.
The stage banter described below can be heard on THIS copy:
I attended this Festival and it was awesome! Fireworks going of simultaneously with an electrical lightning storm but we really didn't get rained on.
Hundreds of naked people dancing in a long line and circle.
At the beginning of this Dead performance Bob Weir says "Everybody say "GODAMMIT!" There was a reason for it.
As they were setting up there was big drunken southern lout who had no shirt on but had a big beer gut amongst all these hippies. He decided things were going too slowly and stood up right in front of the stage and said "Well Goddammit lets get this show on the road!" Bob Weir was already in front of a mike and without flinching nor hesitating a bananosecond he answered "Well Goddammit why don't YOU just come up here and sing!" It was pretty hilarious. The oafs friends pulled him down because he was drunk and making a fool of himself.
As they started playing Weir said a few things to the crowd which you can hear on the tape including "Everybody say Goddammit!!!"
It was great performance and a great festival.
November 9, 2014 Subject:
This was at the 1st New Orleans Pop Festival at a racetrack in Gonzalez, LA bear Baton Rouge.
February 28, 2012 Subject:
Is it me, or does Jerry hint at the melody of "Proud Mary" in the opening minute of "Casey Jones"? It'd make sense, since it was a huge hit that year. And maybe that was a sarcastic retort to the "White Rabbit" requests.
November 27, 2008 Subject:
The Late White Rabbit
Transcribers have cut the stage banter between songs.
During the Jefferson Airplane's set, some drunks up front kept yelling "White Rabbit," so of course, they didn't play it. These guys kept yelling for the song while the Grateful Dead set up and well into their set. Jerry said, "It's not our song," and Bob suggested that they listen to the record when they got home. The drunks kept on yelling, and other people in the audience were throwing stuff at them to get them to shut up.
This is a great recording for music collectors, but the banter that the editors cut may have been distracting and irrelevant, but would still be of a humorously historical interest.
December 15, 2007 Subject:
This may be the 2nd best version out there. It's quite a bit looser than the 9/20/70 version (in the interim Bobby's chops improved dramatically) but doesn't suffer for it. Not at all.
I do believe that's TC on the organ on Dark Star ... but I think it's Pig on Easy Wind ... I think.
This whole show is loose in a very cool and very fxcked up way. I dig heavily.
Almanac shows that it got up to 89 degrees that day. Could explain things ...
Reviewer:lemon lime partridge
December 14, 2007 Subject:
this is why you like the grateful dead
whew, wow...an amazing casey jones (doesn't kick in with the power of later incarnations, it sounds like they were having some sound/technical problems at first...however, once they get going it's a classic version). definitely a top easy wind. you ever turn up easy wind really loud and sing along? easy wind can heal you, man...always one of my favorites, easy wind is a classic american song. haven't even made it to dark star yet, but it's 1969...i'm not worried. this is just outstanding!
April 14, 2007 Subject:
forget the dew, go with the wind!
Great show. The Morning Dew is fine, but man, that Easy Wind is a top 5. Download that. Now. You know where to go.
May 30, 2005 Subject:
Worth a DL for the Morning Dew alone. Impressive sound quality for such an old outdoor show.
March 28, 2005 Subject:
this is a very good show with very solid sound check it out people worth your time
April 30, 2004 Subject:
new improved seed
Definitely a nice upgrade to what we had, and sparks a yellow dog mystery according to the text file. Tc adds a nice ambience to the music. another groovy Dark Star.